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Robertson Co. Schools employees arrested in child abuse case

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Donna Dorris Donna Dorris
Renea Fehrman Renea Fehrman
Kecia Young (Photos from Robertson County Sheriff's Office) Kecia Young (Photos from Robertson County Sheriff's Office)
SPRINGFIELD, TN (WSMV) -

Three employees with the Robertson County School District have been indicted by the grand jury on suspicion of failure to report known or suspected child abuse.

A spokesperson for the district said Donna Dorris, Kecia Young and Renea Fehrman appeared Tuesday at the Robertson County Sheriff's Office on the charges.

Fehrman is the principal and Young is the assistant principal at East Robertson Elementary School, and Dorris is listed as the district's supervisor of student services.

The investigation involves alleged failures to report matters to law enforcement and the Department of Children's Services.

A statement from the school district said, in part:

"Based on those facts as provided to the sheriff's office, we have no doubt of the innocence of these educators and that they will be cleared of all charges."

A group of parents gathered to pray and show support for the school administrators Wednesday outside East Robertson Elementary School.

"It's ridiculous. It's a farce. It's unnecessary for it to go to this extreme, in my opinion," said parent Anita Adams.

The alleged abuse dates back to April 2012, when parents at East Robertson Elementary said they told school leaders their son was being repeatedly sexually abused by another first-grade boy at the school.

"We're talking about forcing your head down to your genitals. We're talking about rubbing yourself, rubbing other children, making sexual motions and noises," said attorney Gary Blackburn, who is representing the parents.

A lawsuit claims the school failed to conduct a thorough investigation, even after a second child's parent came forward.

"Didn't take these problems seriously. They weren't trained. They didn't know how to deal with them. They were dismissive of the problems, so the problems got worse," Blackburn said.

Police said they found no evidence of actual abuse but did find the three accused school administrators allegedly broke the law by not contacting DCS when they suspected there may have been abuse.

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